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23/12/2013
To whom it may concern,
RE:  Drive Smart Reference Letter
This letter serves to confirm that we have partnered with Drive Smart since October 2011, focusing on driver behavior and the associated training in order to improve driver safety and fuel consumption / efficiencies within our fleet.
The SPAR KZN Distribution Centre owns and operates a fleet of 110 truck tractors, 137 trailers of varying combinations, employs over 120 drivers with our fleet travelling in excess of 10 million km’s in 2013.  Driver safety is an extremely important focus area of for our distribution business, whilst reducing transport costs is key to our profitability.
Our relationship with Drive Smart began with a trial of 20 drivers over a six month period. The project realized an immediate 5% improvement in our driver’s safety scores and SPAR in turn authorized the full launch of our Drive Smart campaign. This campaign was launched off the back of some poor transport results in relation to truck accidents and CPK stats.
Within our first year of launching the campaign, the majority of our drivers were achieving SPAR’s “green band” driving targets, and with the program’s initial focus on speeding, we managed to save a million rand in fuel costs in our first 8 months of the launch. There has been a steady improvement in all areas of our driving disciplines and since April 2012 to date, we have seen a 17% improvement in all safety scores.
SPAR values strong relationships that are built on honesty, integrity, good business principles and excellent customer service. The Drive Smart team have achieved this and more as they have an excellent understanding of our business and have really “partnered” with us to achieve our respective transport goals. I cannot talk highly enough about the caliber of the team involved at Drive Smart. Sue, Paula and Leon have really taken personal ownership of the project and have been the catalyst in taking our driver/fleet management to a different level. 
Please feel free to contact me for any further information if so required.

 

Sincerely,

Max Oliva
SPAR KZN Logistics Director
(W) 031-508.5000 / (C) 082.588.50.97